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Major technology shifts do not happen overnight and rarely are they the result of a single breakthrough discovery. Nowhere is this more true than for the broad set of enabling technologies that we have come to simply call "nanotechnology". Rather than standing on the shoulders of a few intellectual giants, nanotechnologies are created by tens of thousands of researchers and scientists working on minute and sometimes arcane aspects of their fields of expertise in areas as diverse as medicine, telecommunications, ...
Major technology shifts do not happen overnight and rarely are they the result of a single breakthrough discovery. Nowhere is this more true than for the broad set of enabling technologies that we have come to simply call "nanotechnology". Rather than standing on the shoulders of a few intellectual giants, nanotechnologies are created by tens of thousands of researchers and scientists working on minute and sometimes arcane aspects of their fields of expertise in areas as diverse as medicine, telecommunications, solar cells, filtration, coatings, or ever smaller transistors for electronic devices. They come from different sciences, live in different parts of the world and work for different organizations (government laboratories, industry laboratories, universities, private research facilities). This book puts a spotlight on some of the scientists who are pushing the boundaries of technology and it gives examples of their work and how they are advancing knowledge one little step at a time. The book shatters the monolithic term "nanotechnology" into the myriad of facets that it really is. It is a journey through the world of nanotechnology research and development, taking a personal look at how nanotechnologies get created today and by whom. The book covers 122 very specific research projects that are happening in laboratories around the world and provide commentaries from the scientists in their own words. The book is different to other books in this field because it provides a novel human touch to nanotechnology research by not only covering a wide range of research topics but also the (often nameless) scientists behind this research. The intention is to give the interested reader an idea of the many diverse aspects that today make up nanotechnology research and development. The book is a collection of Spotlight articles from the popular Nanowerk website and each article has been crafted with the author(s) of a scientific paper and signed off by them prior to being posted on Nanowerk. The book is intended for two broad groups of audiences - scientists and nanoscience students who want a bite-size, quick read to get a good first impression of what nanotechnologies are about and how they affect not only their own field but also neighbouring fields and other scientific disciplines further away. And a non-scientific readership that needs to (because it affects their organization and they have to acquaint themselves with nanotechnology) or wants to get a 'non-threatening' (i.e. no formulas, complex diagrams, or unexplained scientific terms) introduction, written by a non-scientist for non-scientists.
Part I: The Nanotechnologist's Toolbox; Chapter 1: How can you 'see', 'feel' or 'hear' something so incredibly tiny?; Chapter 2: Building nanostructures from the top down and from the bottom up; Chapter 3: Techniques and concepts for the nanotechnologist; Chapter 4: Learning from Mother Nature; Chapter 5: Amazing new materials; Chapter 6: Tiny steps towards tiny machines; Part II: Nanomedicine - Death of the slasher; Chapter 7: The radically different medicine of the future; Chapter 8: Improved diagnostics - key to effective prevention; Chapter 9: The fight against cancer; Chapter 10: Next-generation implants, prostheses and other cures; Chapter 11: Concepts a bit further out; Part III: Simply Green - Environmental Applications and Risk Management; Chapter 12: Green nanotechnology; Chapter 13: Dealing with pollution; Chapter 14: Energy - renewable and clean; Chapter 15: Nanotoxicology - assessing the risks; Part IV: A World of Novel Applications Awaits; Chapter 16: Designing tomorrow's computer; Chapter 17: Electronics beyond silicon; Chapter 18: From supermarket shelf to spacecraft